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As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, Why Did I Choose to Join Activcore?

January 5, 2023

When I was first accepted into physical therapy school, my goal was to work in an outpatient orthopedic setting. I envisioned treating highly motivated athletes with the latest technologies, helping to provide a meaningful change in their lives. The first two years of my Doctorate level program were focused on academics and research. The third (and final) year was focused on clinical learning through 4 different clinical rotations. Fortunately for me, my last rotation was at Activcore in Princeton, New Jersey.

When I first entered the facility I knew this was going to be different from my previous rotations. I remember meeting my Clinical Instructor and walking into a large room with so many red ropes hanging from the ceiling. My first few days were spent primarily observing the staff and learning much of the theory behind the myofascial chain system. I learned the principles of Redcord suspension. And I got to know some of the clientele.

While physical therapy school gave me a basic foundation in assessing and treating patients, I remember going into this clinical affiliation with a lack of confidence when working with someone with non-mechanical low back pain or neck pain. After observing a few treatments, I found the physical therapists at Activcore making connections within the body in ways I hadn’t learned in PT school. They assessed and treated their clients like I had never seen before. And they looked at the whole body from head to toe.

How could the hips, pelvis and legs possibly affect someone coming in with neck pain? How does working the serratus anterior muscle provide a clinically significant change to someone’s hip stability with every step they take while walking? This was the start of when things really began to click for me. My confidence as a clinician soared with every positive outcome.

At that moment I knew that I wanted to work in a place like Activcore. The one-on-one treatment setting gave me time to develop and refine my skills. The Redcord suspension system allowed me to correct muscle imbalances as the underlying root cause of so many ailments.

Fast forward 7 years from my graduation as a Doctor of Physical Therapy. I have been working at Activcore since obtaining my PT license. Combining the power of Redcord with a client-focused model has helped me provide the quality treatments I had always envisioned. This was the reason why I became a physical therapist in the first place.

If you would like me to show you what I've learned over these years, please contact Activcore Bernardsville.

Disclaimer:  The views expressed in this article are based on the opinion of the author, unless otherwise noted, and should not be taken as personal medical advice. The information provided is intended to help readers make their own informed health and wellness decisions.

Dr. Jason Goncalves

Physical Therapist
Dr. Jason Goncalves was determined to find a physical therapy practice that gave his client’s the time and attention he always knew they deserved. During his final clinical rotation as a student physical therapist, he was exposed to the 1-to-1 treatment model at Activcore and has not looked back since.
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